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Power of the Dog
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and woman to fill our day;
And when we are certain
of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers & sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart
to a dog to tear.
Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie-
Perfect passion and worship
By a kick in the ribs or a pat
on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a
When the fourteen years
which nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or
tumour, or fits,
And the vet's
unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find-it's your own affair,-
given your heart to a dog to tear.
When the body that lived at your single will,
When it's whisper of welcome, is stilled
When the spirit that answered your
Is gone-wherever it goes-for good,
You will discover
how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear!
We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes
to burying Christian clay.
Out loves are not given, but only lent
At compound interest of cent per cent,
is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we kept 'em, the more we do
For when debts are payable,
right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as long-
So why in Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts
for a dog to tear?